Thomas Finke is a respected financial services executive serving as Chairman of Adara Acquisition Corp., a special purpose acquisition company (SPAC). Adara was formed for the purpose of effecting a business combination between entities and is focused on acquiring a company operating in the consumer products and services sector. Tom is also a Director of Invesco Ltd. (NYSE: IVZ), a global investment firm.
Tom has more than three decades of experience in the banking and investment industries and has led companies through some of the most difficult economic times in recent history. In December 2008, he was named Chairman & CEO of Babson Capital Management and EVP & CIO for Babson’s parent, Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company (MassMutual). In the wake of the Financial Crisis, Tom successfully oversaw the investing activities of MassMutual and led the expansion of Babson’s third-party asset management activities.
He led the 2016 merger of Babson Capital with three other subsidiaries of MassMutual that formed Barings, LLC: Baring Asset Management, Cornerstone Real Estate Advisers and Wood Creek Capital Management. Tom was named CEO and Chairman of Barings in September of 2016. Under his leadership, Barings’ assets under management grew from $271 billion to over $350 billion over four years and firmly established the firm as a leading global asset manager. Tom retired from Barings in November of 2020 to join the Board of Invesco.
Earlier in his career, Tom was at the forefront of the development of the US leveraged loan and structured credit markets, including co-founding First Union Institutional Debt Management (IDM). He was also a founding board member of the Loan Syndication Trading Association (LTSA) and Structured Finance Association (SFA).
Tom is regularly invited to speak at industry events, such as the Milken Institute Global Conference, and has appeared on CNBC, Bloomberg and other financial news channels and in leading publications.